The Country Web - Issue 66, 2019 Annual

Turning passion into profession

The 2019 annual edition of The Country Web celebrates women who have turned their passions into their profession. It includes stories about Indigenous midwives, the first all-female partnership law firm, information on free workshops for male farmers, fishers and rural workers, as well as a comprehensive guide to NSW drought support and assistance measures.

Feature articles include:

  • Job matchmaker, Jo Palmer, wins Australian Rural Women's Award: Wagga Wagga local entrepreneur Jo Palmer has taken out both the Australian and NSW-ACT AgriFutures™ Rural Women's Award for her outstanding work and dedication to improving employment opportunities for women in regional NSW. As founder and Managing Director of Pointer Remote Roles, an online business that facilitates remote work opportunities, Jo is successfully connecting employers with suitable candidates, regardless of where they live. Her project will deliver an online portal to support rural and regional businesswomen to work remotely and will provide access to online resources and training.
  • The power of one voice to change many: When Alicia Smith's younger brother Lachie died on their family farm, it was a tragedy that deeply impacted not only her family, but an entire community. In Australian workplaces, farming accounts for one in every five deaths, yet the industry makes up just 2.6 per cent of Australia's workforce. In 10 years there hasn't been much improvement in the fatality rate, and it goes without saying that if you're male you're more likely to get killed or injured.
  • Parenting: online safety—a guide for parents and carers: This articles covers some of the key online safety issues for young people as well as a range of practical tips and advice on what to do if things go wrong.
  • Indigenous midwives: The Royal Hospital for Women has introduced two first-of-its-kind positions to increase the number of Indigenous midwives within the healthcare system as part of an empowering new program that aims to boost the number of Indigenous midwives.
  • Daring to Dream: Rural businesswoman and entrepreneur Lucy Moss says her boutique business Mink & Me, was born out of a desire to create a fun, welcoming space that felt like home—somewhere to catch up with your friends surrounded by colour, design and enjoyment. Lucy shares her journey and the steps she took to make her dream a reality.
  • Available drought assistance in NSW: Find out what assistance and support is available to you, your family and your community. Grouped into easy to navigate categories of financial assistance, government support, cutting the cost of living, skills building, support and advice, and practical tools, find out more about what is available and how to access support and funding.
  • Lawyer and young mums trio show you can do it all: This year, Alice Byrnes, Dannielle Ford and Kirsty Evans became owners and directors of the first all-female partnership law firm in Orange NSW. Over the past 10 years, each has obtained tertiary qualifications, worked as employed solicitors and raised five children under the age of three between them, while having partnership aspirations in the back of their minds.
  • Q fever - serious but preventable: Kylie Catts of Barradine talks about her and her son's experience contracting Q fever and their journey to recovery. As well, we provide information and tips from NSW Health on how you can protect yourself and signs to look out for.
  • The best of teamwork built on passion and perseverance: Both humbly reluctant to talk of their achievements, let alone celebrate them in the way that others do, there is no doubt the farming communities of NSW, and the Coonabarabran district in particular, have been well served in many ways by the dynamic duo that is Bob and Sue Freebairn.
  • Women leaders: Leanne Heywood is an experienced Non-Executive Director with broad general management experience gained through an international career in the mining, rural, government and not-for-profit sectors. Throughout her career Leanne has refused to allow her gender to limit her, leading with focus, integrity and compassion.
  • Celebrating culture: Originally from Pakistan, Bushra Aman is a student counsellor at Charles Sturt University who has been living in Australia for 13 years. She has engaged in community work for a number of years and in a variety of fields including youth work, child protection, women's empowerment, domestic violence awareness, cultural awareness and many others.

Call for stories

The 2020 annual issue of The Country Web will be published August 2020.

Contributions are required by 30 April 2020.

Email your contribution to or post to:

The Editor - The Country Web
Rural Women's Network, NSW DPI
Locked Bag 21
Orange  NSW  2800

The Country Web, Issue 66, 2019 annual
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